Northern DHBs welcome expert fluoridation findings
22 August 2014
Expert scientific fluoridation findings welcomed
DHBs across the Northern region have welcomed the findings of an expert scientific review of fluoridation of public water supplies finding ‘compelling evidence’ of dental health benefits for New Zealanders.
The review – by a panel established by the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor and the Royal Society of New Zealand – was also unanimous in concluding there are no adverse effects on brain development, cancer risk, cardiovascular or metabolic risk.
Speaking on behalf of Northland, Waitemata, Auckland and Counties Manukau DHBs, Waitemata DHB Chief Executive Dr Dale Bramley said the review’s findings provided a clear, independent endorsement of the efficacy and safety of fluoridation of public water supplies.
“The science has been independently evaluated and the findings are very clear – fluoridation remains the safest and most appropriate means of improving public dental health,” Dr Bramley said.
“The report confirms that the fluoridation levels used in New Zealand are safe and that the various arguments put forward by those opposed to fluoridation are not supported by the scientific evidence.
“Furthermore, it concludes it is appropriate that fluoridation should be extended to those communities that are currently not covered as a means of improving dental health.
“This report should assure those New Zealanders who may have been doubtful of the importance of fluoridation that it is not only safe but that it is critically important from a public health perspective.”